Trudging Through the Slump

Due to my health being all over the place, I’ve been in a bit of a sewing slump. But I’ve been working through it, getting orders done and working on a few small things.

I finished a bra that I had made with a modified version of my standard pattern for myself. This one is more of a plunge style and I narrowed the bridge a bit. But I forgot to add a little bit of width to the sides from taking width out of the bridge and also to account for the not so stretchy stretch lace that I used for the full bra. So it’s a little too snug for me to wear; I can get it on, but it’s not comfortable at all especially since I like a slightly looser band. Plus I used the underwires I had sitting in my drawer since I first started making bras for myself and before I really gauged which wire size was right for me and my shape. So the underwire is a size 30, which should fit the size 30 B bra (which is my size) but I need a 32 wire because my breast root is a bit wider than a 30 wire accounts for.

 

So all in all, I have a pretty new bra that I made in an evening, but can’t wear it. Oh well. It’s up in the shop but I’m not very hopefully of it selling due to the tiny size that it is.

I also whipped up a quick little thong as a model to show to a potential customer. It’s pretty cute and I hadn’t actually made one with the fold over elastic for the shop, it’s mainly been either stretch lace edging or picot underwear elastic. But I like the look and will be making more for the shop in the near future.

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Other than that, I have finished 2 orders: a classic Harley Quinn bra and a Slave Leia bra. I also managed to finish a pair of socks, which I might have talked about last week (using Badwolfgirlstudios yarn in the mermish colorway) but I have a picture this time! They’re gloriously soft and I can’t wait to wear them. I’ve been doing too many messy things (like baking) to feel comfortable wearing these and not ruining them. Hopefully I’ll be able to wear them soon though!

I finished the bright blue circle skirt that I’ve had cut out for a few weeks now. I can’t wait to get to making the top that I’d like to pair with it.

I finally got around to washing and blocking the socks I made for my fiance, which I had knit quite a while before we got engaged. Haha oops, but the good thing is that they’re ready for him to wear now. And while I was at it, I washed and blocked my Tennessee souvenir shawl, so now the lace is more open and the picot bind off is actually visible. I can’t wait to wear it in the fall! I love the color of it.

New cast on! I started a big project for my fiance for Christmas. I’d been thinking about it for a while and bought all the yarn for it, so I finally got around to purchasing the pattern and casting on. It’s so exciting and I hope he loves it! I’m making the Drangey Pullover by Stephen West in a dark navy that looks almost black for the main color and a bright turquoise blue for the contrast. It’s a little hard to photograph at this point because it’s grown considerably and is now bunched up on the needles. But I’m nearly done with the yoke part, so I’m assuming the progress on it will slow down quite a bit as it turns to just solid dark colored yarn.

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I’m in a bit of a bra making mood, so I may whip up a few new ones this week. I have quite a bit of fabric in my stash to choose from and I’ve definitely got my eye on one in particular. I’ll give you a little hint: it’ll be floral and lace with rich colors.

What projects are you most looking forward to working on next?

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Something New

I have been working hard on getting orders finished, messages replied to, and finishing knitted items. I have also made a few changes that have been talked about for years now but not acted upon until this past weekend.

I changed my hair (that’s not all that new or exciting, I’m prone to randomly cutting my hair, but I went out and got my hair cut, styled, and colored by a professional for the first time in about 5 years). So my hair is shorter now and it’s teal!

Other than the new hair thing, I’ve been sewing and knitting up a storm. I finished a custom Harley Quinn Suicide Squad bikini, and nearly finished a classic Harley Quinn bra. I finished the short sleeved Grainline Studios Linden sweatshirt that I started a couple weeks ago.

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As for knitting: I finished my exploration station, minus weaving in half the ends. And I’m nearly finished with another pair of socks. The socks are a plain vanilla pair with contrasting heels/toes/cuffs. I’m using Loops and Threads brand Woolike in Ice Blue for the contrasting bits and for the main color I’m using Badwoldgirlstudios Mermish Colorway in her matte sock base. I just started the cuffs, so I’ll definitely have them finished by this weekend.

I have another order to finish and am talking with customers about 2 different possible custom orders. So that’s exciting! I want to get a full circle skirt that I have cut out finished by next week. And maybe the top I’m planning on pairing with it too.

I’m still trying to find some good patterns to work through my stash fabrics. I have quite a few thicker (quilting cotton) wovens that I’d like to make something with, but have no idea what to do. I might turn the ones I have at least a yard of into circle skirts, but no idea what to do with most of it. Any suggestions for patterns?

 

Process

It has been a lot more difficult getting back into the swing of things after that vacation to California. My body and health have been poorly since returning, so even though I was fine during the trip, I can tell now that I definitely over exerted myself. This is the life of the chronically ill though. I’ve been doing very well this year so it’s very difficult to deal with it suddenly being pretty bad again. So that’s why I’ve been MIA for a bit. But I’m persisting. This is the process after all.

With all that said I’m getting back to trying to write regular posts and sewing things regularly again. I’ve been working on orders for the shop since I arrived home, and hardly sewn anything else for myself or for the shop. I’ve started a few things: a purple short sleeved Grainline Linden shirt, a circle skirt, a few pairs of underwear, plus I left quite a few things started before I left for the trip. But I have been knitting quite a bit. My Zostera Shawl is finished and blocked, I just need to finished weaving in the ends. I started and am almost finished with my Stephen West Exploration Station. I finished a pair of socks out of Crazy Zauberball yarn. And I started another pair of socks out of some Bad Wolf Girl Studios “Mermish” yarn.

So I have been getting things done and have been pretty busy despite my health issues. I’ve also been baking quite a bit as the fiance and I went blueberry picking with his sister and her husband on Saturday. So I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with 11 1/2 lbs of blueberries before they go bad. So far it’s been blueberry balsamic salad dressing, 2 dozen blueberry muffins, blueberry cinnamon rolls, 1 dozen blueberry chocolate chunk cookies, blueberry scones, blueberry jam, and soon I’ll be making blueberry cheesecake and blueberry ice cream. All gluten free and vegan.

I’ve finished 4 pairs of underwear and a thong for orders for the shop and will be finished a custom bikini bottom order tonight. And then I have 2 more orders to finish within the next week, both are bras. And the fiance and I as well as a friend of ours went to see Spider-man on Tuesday (It was great, highly recommend). And this weekend both the fiance and I will be getting our hair done and house hunting. So I’m continuing to stay quite busy.

Hopefully next week I’ll have my exploration station shawl to show you as well as a hand sewn outfit, along with the remaining orders for my shop.

What have you been working on lately? How do you deal with crafting while not feeling well?